Help us create exciting public humanities programs for the people of Washington, DC! HumanitiesDC’s Humanities Vision Grants provide financial and capacity building resources to community organizations interested in creating innovative interpretations of humanities scholarship for public audiences. This opportunity is part of the Humanities Grant Program supported with funding from the District of Columbia Government through the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
All projects must incorporate relevant humanities scholarship into the stories that they tell. Prospective projects will:
produce an educational resource that will be added to a publicly accessible, online archive
have an advisor or partner who is knowledgeable about the relevant field or subject matter
participate in information sharing and networking sessions, skills and subject matter workshops, and a final public showcase over the course of the grant period
be a publication, film, video, tour, exhibit, curriculum, website or other digital humanities project, archives, public programming, event, festival or other creative format (not an exhaustive list)
Proposals are reviewed annually in March, with selected projects announced in late April. Applicants may request between $5,000 and $30,000, and projects should be conducted between May of the application year and May of the year following. Applications must identify a scholar and how s/he will advise the project through the grant cycle. Each funded project will result in a lasting digital final product that will be added to the DC Digital Museum.
Voices of Brookland Manor by Katie Lannigan is a short documentary produced in 2017. It follows the struggle of residents who live in Brookland Manor, one of the only affordable housing units in Washington, DC. Due to developers’ goals to demolish the apartments and replace them primarily with new studio and one-bedroom units, families express concern of being displaced and pushed out of the complex.
Painted City is a documentary following the journey of Dr. Perry Frank in her pursuit to save and preserve the memory of murals in Washington, DC. Produced in 2016 by Caitlin Carroll, the film discusses problems such as gentrification and new building development, which not only push locals out of the city, but destroy murals that provide input into the rich history of Washington, DC.